All-New Kawasaki Z650RS Highlights 2022 Model Announcement

All-New Kawasaki Z650RS Highlights 2022 Model Announcement

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

2022 Kawasaki Z650RS ABS Retro Sport Motorcycle

A TRUE MIDDLEWEIGHT RETRO

 

A 2022-model Z650RS ABS. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Z650RS ABS. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

Kawasaki’s 650cc class Twins come in a wide-range of shapes and styles – from full cowling Ninja® sportbikes, to the Z family of supernaked models, to the Versys® adventure-style and Vulcan® cruiser-style machines. The newest member to join the venerable 650cc lineup is the all-new 2022 Z650RS, a middleweight retro sport that combines timeless looks inherited from the Z900RS with a compact, responsive package that riders will love to enjoy daily.

Just like its bigger Z900RS counterpart, the Z650RS tempts the eye with its timeless beauty of an orthodox motorcycle. Distinguishing itself from its bigger sibling is a slimmer fuel tank and a shorter, more compact tail, which express its light handling and approachable character.

The Z650RS has a fun and easy character that can be attributed to an engine and chassis based on that of the highly acclaimed Z650. The responsive 649cc parallel twin engine with robust low-end torque, combined with a lightweight chassis, deliver rider-friendly power delivery and light, natural handling that evokes a dose of fun to city outings and daily commutes. Factor in the relaxed upright riding position that you would expect from a retro sport model, plus a comfortable reach to the ground, and riders will be looking for any excuse to head out for a ride. The stylish new Z650RS retro sport model is another exciting option for riders looking to “Let the good times roll. ®”

ALL-NEW 2022 KAWASAKI Z650RS ABS HIGHLIGHTS:

·        Parallel-twin 649cc engine

·        Lightweight trellis frame

·        Telescopic front fork and horizontal back-link rear suspension system

·        Compact, horizontal tail

·        Dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen

·        Round LED headlight

·        Spoke-style cast wheels

·        Disc brakes with standard ABS

·        Assist and slipper clutch

·        Relaxed retro-style riding position

ENGINE

Optimized for everyday riding, the exciting paralell-twin engine offers quick response, strong low-mid range performance and excellent fuel economy. When opening the thottle, riders will notice a smooth and powerful engine character offering both a high level of control and gratifying rush of acceleration. The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, 649cc paralell twin is equipped with fuel injection and has a strong low-end power focus that inspires rider confidence, while also lending itself to sporty riding. The 36mm throttle bodies contribute to the engine’s strong low-mid range performance and response, while sub-throttles ensure a smooth response. Fine-atomizing injectors delivering 75-micron droplets complement the throttle bodies, providing the ideal fuel-air mixture needed for the low-mid range focused engine.

An open-deck aluminum die-cast cylinder contributes to the overall light weight of the Z650RS. Its plated, cylinder bores enable a narrow cylinder pitch and slim engine width. The 180° crankshaft drives a balancer shaft for silky smooth engine operation and a semi-dry sump design reduces engine height. The engine’s compact size allows it to be positioned lower in the frame and contributes to a low center of gravity. A simplified cooling system routes coolant through the engine cases to the cylinder and head to reduce external routing. A radiator fan cover, which is located behind the radiator, directs hot air down and away from the rider to signficiantly increase rider comfort when at a standstill. The 6-speed, return transmission is paired with an assist and slipper clutch which lightens the pull at the lever and reduces wheel hop under heavy engine braking for direct and precise shifting.

CHASSIS

A key contributor to the light weight of the Z650RS is its innovative high-tensile steel trellis frame, which can be felt immediately when lifting the bike off of its side stand. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design highly adept at dispering stress. Using Kawasaki’s in-house anaylsis technology, the necessary pipe diameter, length, and wall thickness were precisely determined to deliver the ideal lateral and torsional rigidty. This also allowed unnecessary material to be trimmed, further resulting in the light weight frame. Rigid-mounted engine and footpeg stays are used as stressed members, aiding in the frame’s rigidty and light weight. In order to give the Z650RS a light handling feel, Kawasaki engineers used a steep angle design.

Kawasaki’s in-house analysis technology was also used in the swingarm, and similar to the frame, the line from the pivot to rear axle was made as straight as possible. This lightweight swingarm design contributes to the bike’s light, natural handling. Great manueverability was achieved through a short wheelbase and tight turning radius. The angle of the rear frame is less upswept than that found on the Z650 and helps to achieve the Z650RS flat, even tail design. Just like the Z650, the rear frame’s twin-tube design contributes to the bike’s comfortable reach to the ground.

SUSPENSION

Handling the front suspension duties on the Z650RS retro machine is a 41mm telescopic front fork. On the rear, horizontal back-link suspension offers a progressive character and delivers a balance of sport performance and ride comfort. The rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm, contributing to mass centralization and ensuring that it is not affected by exhaust heat.

BRAKES & WHEELS

Stopping the Z650RS is a pair of 300mm front brake discs that deliver plenty of braking power. The front discs are matched to dual-piston front calipers that offer superb brake feel and control. On the rear, a single 220mm brake disc can be found and matched with a single-piston caliper. Round discs on both front and rear contribute to the bike’s retro sport image. ABS is a standard feature on on the Z650RS, providing braking confidence and a compact Bosch 9.1M ABS keeps weight to a minimum.

Similar to those found on the Z900RS, original cast wheels feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. The wheels were designed using Kawasaki’s advanced anaylsis technology and offer a balance of light weight and stylish looks that contribute to both handling and a design suited to the retro category. Together with the swingarm, the wheels contribute to the bike’s light, natural handling. Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires have been fitted for performance and add to the light handling of the motorcycle.

ERGONOMICS

The wide, flat handlebar and relaxed riding position found on the Z650RS puts the rider in a natural, comfortable position that both inspires confidence and facilitates control for a wide range of riders. Thanks to longer fork tubes, the upper-triple clamp is positioned 20mm higher than that found on the Z650, contributing to a higher handlebar position and more upright riding position. The handlebar grips are 50mm higher and 30mm further back and closer to the rider than that of the Z650. Its wide 35° steering angle facilitates low-speed handling. Thanks to the bike’s low 31.5 inch seat height and slim overall design, riders can more easily keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped. The narrow frame and engine design combined with the slim fuel tank, allow the rider to grip with their knees and keep their feet closer together.

Excellent ride comfort can be found thanks to a stepped seat design, which is slimmer at the front and facilitates the reach to the ground. Utilizing the ignition key, the seat can be removed and offers hassle-free access to the fuse box and tool kit. Rubber mounted handlebars reduce vibration transmitted through the handlebar grips and to the mirrors, adding to the bike’s comfortable feel. The 5-way adjustable clutch and brake levers help accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort. Rubber pads on both the rider and passenger footpegs use a harder rubber material with hollow centers to reduce vibration felt through the footpegs.

STYLING

Just like the Z900RS, the Z650RS features timeless good looks that give this middleweight model a light and casual appearance to reflect its rider-friendly character. The simple and modern design touches allow the Z650RS to blend seamlessly into your everyday life and riding. Featuring a blend of retro and modern design elements, the LED headlight casts a bright, white light and consists of two chambers (low-beam/high-beam) and a grooved design on the thick headlight ring that adds a modern touch. The retro-style fuel tank design uses edges dividing the top and sides of the tank to emphasize its compact size. A simple design of the engine’s side covers contribute to the modern retro styling.

The tail of the Z650RS traces a horizontal line, contributing to its flat stance. The tail is shorter than that of the Z900RS, which reinforces the light, casual styling theme. Unique to the Z650RS is the original design stepped seat, emphasizing the compactness of the tail. An oval design on the LED taillight pays homage to Kawasaki’s old-school Z models. The LED taillight on the Z650RS lights up as a solid surface to create a design that is both retro and modern. LED turn signals and an external helmet lock can also be found and add to the appearance.

Dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen balances the retro-style looks with modern functionality.  The bullet-shaped dial cases provide a retro sport model touch, while the modern typeface used on the dial faces add a contemporary touch. The LCD screen features a negative display with white letters on a black background, adding to the instrument clusters sporty, modern look. Display functions include gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock, and the economical riding indicator.

COLORS AND PRICING

The 2022 Z650RS ABS model is available in Metallic Moondust Gray / Ebony and Candy Emerald Green color schemes with an MSRP of $8,999.

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A.:

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE Motorcycle

A TRUE SUPERNAKED EXPERIENCE

 

A 2022-model Kawasaki Z900 SE. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Kawasaki Z900 SE. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

The aggressive, elegant, and inspiring Kawasaki Z900 supernaked gets a fresh variation for 2022 with the introduction of the Z900 SE to the Z line of motorcycles. Channeling the cool and exciting ideals of its Z900 brethren, the new 2022 Z900 SE supernaked comes to life with its aggressive Z Sugomi™-inspired styling and nimble handling that the Z model line is known for. With the addition of an upgraded brake package and higher-grade suspension components, riders are granted improved handling, performance, and excitement in addition to the iconic eye-catching styling that makes this supernaked motorcycle stand out from the crowd.

Highlights of the NEW 2022 Z900 SE:

·   NEW Large-diameter inverted fork with added compression damping adjustability

·   NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster

·   NEW Improved suspension settings

·   NEW Brembo® front brake package with stainless-steel braided lines

·   All-Digital TFT color instrumentation with smartphone connectivity

SUSPENSION

·   NEW Large-diameter inverted fork with added compression damping adjustability

·   NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock

·   NEW Improved suspension settings

The Z900 SE features a 41mm, fully adjustable inverted fork that allows for compression and rebound adjustments to be easily made, allowing the rider to dial in more precise settings to better suit their preference and riding style and ultimately receiving excellent riding comfort and sporty riding potential. Stepless adjustable preload can also be fine-tuned to further enhance the rider’s experience.

To further supplement the ride feel, the Z900 SE features an Öhlins S46 rear shock. The shock is built with an aluminum body and single-tube construction, a large 46mm piston and internal air and gas chambers separated by a floating piston, the combination of components offers a superior feeling of grip and handling. The remote preload adjuster allows for quick and easy adjustment settings without tools, perfect for those tandem rides and luggage-bearing trips. With the improved movement in the initial part of the suspension stroke from both the front and rear suspension components, riders are left with an increased sense of contact with the road, further adding to rider confidence throughout the ride.

WHEELS & BRAKES

·   NEW Brembo® front brake package with stainless-steel braided lines

The Z900 SE motorcycle features dual 300mm Brembo front petal disc brakes and a 250mm rear petal brake with ABS. This contributes to the high level of quality and sportiness. Dual opposed four-piston Brembo M4.32 calipers with resin Brembo brake pads offer a linear brake feel, facilitating control for the rider. This new Brembo brake package offers stronger stopping power and contributes to greater rider control, all while presenting an overall greater ease of use. The brake pads are complimented by a Nissin radial-pump master cylinder and stainless-steel braided lines, delivering greater stopping power and a more linear progression when operating the lever, further facilitating rider feel. For an added degree of rider reassurance, the Z900 SE comes fully equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) to help prevent wheel lock-up and assist braking in certain conditions.

The Z900 SE’s stylish star-pattern five-spoke wheels contribute to light weight and quality appearance, while their high rigidity benefits handling. The wheels are fitted with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, contributing to the motorcycle’s superb handling character.

ENGINE

The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948cc inline four-cylinder engine offers impressive power and strong torque. Designed to complement the chassis, the lightweight engine provides plenty of torque, and the 73.4 x 56.0 mm bore and stroke create an engine design that embodies the thrill of acceleration.

Four individual 36mm throttle bodies offer ideal mid-range power and the sub-throttles ensure smooth, sensitive throttle response. The downdraft throttle body layout creates the shortest distance possible for the fuel-air mixture, contributing to the engine’s overall performance.

CHASSIS

The light weight of the Z900 is noticeable as soon as you snap the kick stand up. The chassis is a high-tensile steel, twin-spar, trellis frame that features revisions made to add strength to the swingarm pivot area. The frame was designed to have the fewest bends possible, allowing for a chassis that disperses stress extremely well. The frame design also keeps weight to a minimum.

The engine is rigid-mounted in five points, aiding in the Z900’s nimble handling. Twin-tube type rear frame contributes to the bike’s low seat height with easy reach to the ground.

STYLING & INSTRUMENTATION

The Z900SE maintains its distinctive Sugomi™ design elements that consist of a crouching stance, low-positioned headlight and upswept tail. The eye-catching styling benefits include compact shrouds, fuel tank cover, under cowls, and a swingarm pivot cover that all contribute to its sharp image.

An LED headlamp consists of LED position lamps that give it an image distinct from Kawasaki’s other Z supernaked models. The position lamps have a textured surface that allows them to be shown as a whole illuminated shape. The design is compact with sharp edges.

LED lighting is used to illuminate the headlamp, position lamps, taillight, and license plate lamp. The turn signals feature bulb-type lighting.

A large 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation gives the Z900 SE cockpit a high-tech and high-grade appearance. The high-grade full color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology, helping deliver a high level of visibility. A selectable background color is offered (black or white) and screen brightness automatically switches between three rider-set levels to suit available light. A Bluetooth® chip allows for connection to a compatible smartphone device and RIDEOLOGY THE APP*.

* RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation.  Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.

ACCESSORIES

A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available at authorized Kawasaki dealers, allowing riders to further enhance the Z900 SE’s sharp, sporty looks or add comfort and convenience. Options for the Z900 SE include crankcase protectors, a meter cover, and an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust.

COLORS AND MSRP

The 2022 Z900 SE motorcycle is available in Metallic Spark Black/Candy Lime Green with an MSRP of $10,699.

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.:

2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE Motorcycle

THE RETRO REVOLUTION IS HERE

 

A 2022-model Z900RS SE. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Z900RS SE. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

With the resurgence of retro-sport motorcycles going strong, the new 2022 Z900RS SE is sure to turn heads with its timeless design and integral beauty that pays homage to the iconic old-school Z models. Serving as a high-grade variation of the Z900RS, the Z900RS SE inherits the same upgraded brake package and similar suspension package of the Z900 SE with a new, iconic “Yellow Ball” livery that is sure to pull at those nostalgic heartstrings.

Highlights of the NEW 2022 Z900RS SE:

·   NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster

·   NEW Brembo® front brake package featuring M4.32 calipers

·   NEW Improved suspension settings

·   NEW Iconic “Yellow Ball” styling

·   Relaxed retro-style riding position

SUSPENSION

·   NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster

·   NEW Improved suspension settings

To further supplement the ride feel, the Z900RS SE features an Öhlins S46 rear shock. The shock is built with an aluminum body and single-tube construction, a large 46mm piston and internal air and gas chambers separated by a floating piston, the combination of components offers a superior feeling of grip and handling. The remote preload adjuster allows for quick and easy adjustment settings without tools, perfect for those tandem rides and luggage-bearing trips. With the improved movement in the initial part of the suspension stroke from both the front and rear suspension components, riders are left with an increased sense of contact with the road, further adding to rider confidence throughout the ride.

The Z900RS SE receives revised damping settings to the 41mm, fully adjustable inverted front forks, with 10-way compression and 12-way rebound damping, which help to compliment the new rear shock. The outer fork tubes are also gold for 2022 to match the signature look of the Öhlins rear shock.

Fitted with Kawasaki’s modern horizontal back-link rear suspension, the Z900RS SE allows for a high level of sporty riding potential while matching the front fork’s level of riding comfort and performance. The extruded aluminum swingarm is lightweight and helps contribute to the light handling of the motorcycle, and the linkage placed atop the swingarm allows for better mass centralization. This also allowed for the lay-down shock absorber to be moved further away from the exhaust so that its operation is not affected by any heat omitted by the exhaust. The shock has an adjustable preload and rebound damping.

WHEELS & BRAKES

·  NEW Brembo® front brake package featuring M4.32 calipers

The Z900RS SE features dual 300mm Brembo front petal disc brakes and a 250mm rear petal brake with ABS. This contributes to the high level of quality and sportiness. Dual opposed four-piston Brembo M4.32 calipers with resin Brembo brake pads offer a linear brake feel, facilitating control for the rider. This new Brembo brake package offers stronger stopping power and contributes to greater rider control, all while presenting an overall greater ease of use. The brake pads are complimented by a Nissin radial-pump master cylinder and stainless-steel braided lines, delivering greater stopping power and a more linear progression when operating the lever, further facilitating rider feel. For an added degree of rider reassurance, the Z900RS SE comes fully equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) to help prevent wheel lock-up and assist braking in certain conditions.

Keeping with classic style, the Z900RS SE utilizes cast flat spoke wheels in a gold color that resemble traditional wire-spoked wheels while offering a unique balance of light weight and stylish looks, positively contributing to both handling and retro Z1 design. Dunlop GPR-300 tires accompany the motorcycle and further add to the iconic retro feel.

STYLING & INSTRUMENTATION

·   NEW Iconic “Yellow Ball” styling

With a seamless blend of Z1-inspired styling elements and modern craftsmanship – from the iconic teardrop fuel tank to the innovative oval LED taillight – the Z900RS offers timeless good looks with an exquisite attention to detail and superb fit-and-finish. The Z900RS SE’s styling is reminiscent of the iconic “Yellow Ball,” a black and yellow version of the orange and brown paint of the original Z1. The unique colors come to life on the fuel tank, and thanks to the use of immersion graphics and rich quality paint, the design does not leave a raised surface, resulting in a high-quality finish that one would expect on a timeless motorcycle.

The Z900RS SE features a large-diameter LED headlamp with a convex lens and chromed headlamp ring, adding to the iconic retro feel of the motorcycle. LED lighting is used to illuminate not only the headlamp, but the position lamps, taillight, and license plate lamp as well. The turn signals feature bulb-type lighting.

The Z900RS SE utilizes a dual-dial instrumentation panel with a multi-function LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality. A negative display (white letters on a black background) adds to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance, and the highly visible gear position indicator helps to increase shifting precision and confidence.

ERGONOMICS

·   Relaxed retro-style riding position

One of the unique features of the 2022 Z900RS SE is its relaxed riding position, giving riders the retro feel of other iconic motorcycles from the past. The upper-triple clamp is 40mm higher which allows for a higher handlebar position and a more upright riding position compared to the Z900, and the wide, flat handlebar contributes to the retro style while offering a wide grip to facilitate control. Handle grips are 30mm wider, 65mm higher, and 35mm closer to the rider which contributes to the upright riding position, and a wide 35-degree steering angle facilitates low-speed maneuvering. Rubber-mounted bar ends help to dampen vibrations in the bars, and both the clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable to help accommodate a wide variety of hand sizes.

The slim fuel tank is narrow at the rear which allows for easy knee gripping, and a low seat height, combined with a slim overall design, add to the rider’s ability to firmly place both feet on the ground when stopped. A stepped seat offers a wide, comfortable sitting space for both the rider and passenger. The seat is slimmer in the front to help with the rider’s ability to touch the ground and can be removed without tools, allowing for easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.

Footpegs are 20mm lower and 20mm farther forward compared to the Z900, further enhancing the relaxed riding position. The footpegs come adorned with rubber pads to help reduce vibration transmitted through the feet, and rubber-mounted weights on the undersides to further dampen vibrations.

ENGINE

The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948cc inline four-cylinder engine offers impressive power and strong torque. Designed to complement the chassis, the lightweight engine provides plenty of torque, and the 73.4 x 56.0 mm bore and stroke create an engine design that embodies the thrill of acceleration.

Four individual 36mm throttle bodies offer ideal mid-range power and the sub-throttles ensure smooth, sensitive throttle response. The downdraft throttle body layout creates the shortest distance possible for the fuel-air mixture, contributing to the engine’s overall performance.

ACCESSORIES

A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available at authorized Kawasaki dealers for the Z900RS SE, giving retro riders the option to add to the motorcycle’s iconic, old-school feel. Returning accessories for the Z900RS SE include a tank emblem set, premium bike cover, black, gold or silver oil filler caps, grip heater set, front axle slider, ERGO-FIT® reduced reach seat, tank pad, frame slider set, center stand, side grip set, passenger grab bar, smoke wind deflector, and an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust.

COLORS AND MSRP

The 2022 Z900RS SE motorcycle is available in Metallic Diablo Black and has an MSRP of $13,449.

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.:

2022 KAWASAKI SPORT TOURING MOTORCYCLES

CONQUER YOUR JOURNEY WITH TWO SPORT TOURING FAVORITES

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja® 1000SX and Concours® 14 ABS motorcycles are ready to take on the next set of winding roads with power and grace, bringing excitement and fun to your next sport-touring ride.

Ninja® 1000SX

 

A 2022-model Ninja 1000SX. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Ninja 1000SX. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX is back with its refined sport-touring capabilities, combining the power of a supersport motorcycle with the feel of a comfortable upright sport motorcycle and the sporty styling that the Ninja® line of motorcyles are known for. Rider aides like Electronic Cruise Control and Integrated Riding Modes that combine KTRC and Power Modes are a plus, and compatibility with the Kawasaki RIDEOLOGY THE APP make it a must-have for any devoted touring rider. The Ninja® 1000SX features a powerful 1,043 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder engine, Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) and Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS), Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation and electronic cruise control. This year’s model will be offered in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray with an MSRP of $12,899.

Concours®14 ABS

 

A 2022-model Concours 14 ABS. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Concours 14 ABS. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

The Kawasaki Concours14 ABS motorcycle features the heart of a Ninja® ZX™-14R sportbike and adds superior performance, advanced technology, and premium features for the ultimate sport touring experience. The Concours14 ABS comes with the confidence of a 36-month limited warranty and features a 1352cc in-line four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT) ABS system, electrically adjusted windshield, standard hard saddlebags, and a rigid monocoque frame, and is available in Metallic Spark Black with an MSRP of $15,999.

 

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.:

2022 Kawasaki Versys®-X 300 ABS and Versys® 1000 SE LT+

TAKE ON ANY ROAD, ANY TIME.

The Kawasaki Versys®-X 300 ABS and Versys® 1000 SE LT+ return to Kawasaki’s adventure and touring motorcycle lineup for 2022, ready to take on the next adventure.

Versys®-X 300 ABS

 

A 2022-model Versys-X 300 ABS. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Versys-X 300 ABS. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

Based on a compact and responsive 296cc twin-cylinder engine, the Kawasaki Versys®-X 300 ABS is a nimble-handling lightweight motorcycle that’s ready to take on any size adventure. Whether you’re commuting or touring, the Versys-X 300 ABS is a willing companion, it’s your ticket to adventure. With a lightweight chassis and long-travel suspension, the possibilities are endless. The 2022 Versys-X 300 ABS features a Ninja®-derived 296cc twin cylinder, DOHC, DFI engine, lightweight chassis, a low seat height, front cowling and tall windshield, and a convenient rear carrier. The 2022 Versys-X 300 ABS is available in Metallic Ocean Blue / Pearl Robotic White with an MSRP of $6,099.

 

Versys® 1000 SE LT+

 

A 2022-model Versys 1000 SE LT+. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Versys 1000 SE LT+. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

An open-road adventure awaits when you ride the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle. With a 1,043cc engine, nimble chassis and comfort at its core, versatility and functionality is central in every facet. Confidently take on any road at any time, with a motorcycle that’s as reliable as it is fun. The 2022 Versys® 1000 SE LT+ features a 1043cc in-line four-cylinder engine, upright riding position, Integrated Riding Modes, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), all-LED lighting including cornering lights, multi-function TFT color LCD screen, Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, Electronic Cruise Control and heated grips. The Versys 1000 SE LT+ features KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) including Showa’s Skyhook EERA (Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) technology. Showa’s Skyhook software was carefully fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers to ensure the sporty riding character of the Versys 1000 SE LT+ was preserved, delivering a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real time and reduces pitching under braking, especially when riding two-up. Steering remains light when riding on the highway and the bike feels more planted when riding in wet conditions, contributing to increased rider confidence. The Versys 1000 SE LT+ is returning for 2022 in Metallic Graphite Gray / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $18,399.

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.:

2022 Kawasaki W800 Motorcycle

EVOLUTION OF JAPAN’S ORIGINAL BIG BIKE

 

A 2022-model Kawasaki W800. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.
A 2022-model Kawasaki W800. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., Inc.

 

The Kawasaki W800 returns to Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A’s retro-classic lineup of motorcycles for 2022. It’s a true throwback to its 1960’s predecessor, the famed Kawasaki W1.

Its mission was to bring class-leading authentic styling, sound, and feel to the category of retro classic motorcycles. In building the W800, Kawasaki meticulously crafted one of the most authentic retro bikes in appearance and design, paying homage to the past, all while tastefully incorporating modern technology and features.

Developed for riders in search of a well-rounded bike that is not only rich in history and character, but also packed with modern technology, the W800 is powered by an air-cooled 773cc vertical twin engine and features an updated modern double-cradle frame design and modern suspension components that bring an unmatched level of authenticity and performance to the retro motorcycle category.

The sleek sweeping contours and meticulous fit and finish of the W1 redefined the standards of motorcycle design in the 1960s. Kawasaki has applied the same meticulous attention to detail in building the W800, from the iconic appearance of the air-cooled bevel gear driven vertical twin engine to the elegant gas tank and muffler design, all the way down to the retro themed wheels.

The W800 motorcycle is packed with plenty of modern technology, such as the clean running engine, ABS brakes, Assist and Slipper Clutch, Kawasaki advanced analysis designed frame, and an LED headlamp.

KAWASAKI W800

Color: Candy Fire Red / Metallic Diablo Black

MSRP: $9,199

Availability: Now

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.:

INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW 2022 Z650RS, THE NEW 2022 Z900 SE, THE NEW 2022 Z900RS SE, AND THE NEW 2022 KLX®230S MOTORCYCLES

Introducing our 2022 street line of motorcycles that includes the all-new Z650RS, the new Z900 SE, the new Z900RS SE, and the new KLX®230S motorcycles.

 

A 2022-model Kawasaki KLX230S. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
A 2022-model Kawasaki KLX230S. Photo courtesy Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

A TRUE MIDDLEWEIGHT RETRO

ALL-NEW 2022 Z650RS

The newest member to join the venerable 650cc lineup is the all-new 2022 Z650RS, a middleweight retro sport that combines timeless looks inherited from the Z900RS with a compact, responsive package that riders will love to enjoy daily. Just like its bigger Z900RS counterpart, the Z650RS tempts the eye with its timeless beauty of an orthodox motorcycle. Distinguishing itself from its bigger sibling is a slimmer fuel tank and a shorter, more compact tail, which express its light handling and approachable character.

Parallel-twin 649cc engine

Lightweight trellis frame

Telescopic front fork and horizontal back-link rear suspension system

Compact, horizontal tail

Dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen

Round LED headlight

Spoke-style cast wheels

Disc brakes with standard ABS

Assist and slipper clutch

Relaxed retro-style riding position

A TRUE SUPERNAKED EXPERIENCE

NEW 2022 Z900 SE

The aggressive, elegant, and inspiring Kawasaki Z900 supernaked gets a fresh variation for 2022 with the introduction of the Z900 SE to the Z line of motorcycles. Channelling the cool and exciting ideals of its Z900 brethren, the new 2022 Z900 SE supernaked comes to life with its aggressive Z Sugomi™-inspired styling and nimble handling that the Z model line is known for. With the addition of an upgraded brake package and higher-grade suspension components, riders are granted improved handling, performance, and excitement in addition to the iconic eye-catching styling that makes this supernaked motorcycle stand out from the crowd.

NEW Large-diameter inverted fork with added compression damping adjustability

NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster

NEW Improved suspension settings

NEW Brembo® front brake package with stainless-steel braided lines

All-Digital TFT color instrumentation with smartphone connectivity

THE RETRO REVOLUTION IS HERE

NEW 2022 Z900RS SE

With the resurgence of retro-sport motorcycles going strong, the new 2022 Z900RS SE is sure to turn heads with its timeless design and integral beauty that pays homage to the iconic old-school Z models. Serving as a high-grade variation of the Z900RS, the Z900RS SE inherits the same upgraded brake package and similar suspension package of the Z900 SE with a new, iconic “Yellow Ball” livery that is sure to pull at those nostalgic heartstrings.

NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster

NEW Brembo® front brake package featuring M4.32 calipers

NEW Improved suspension settings

NEW Iconic “Yellow Ball” styling

Relaxed retro-style riding position

GET OUT AND PLAY

NEW 2022 KLX®230S

The Kawasaki KLX® family of off-road recreational motorcycles are known for their rider-friendly character, amazing capability on the trail, and reliability, making them a staple for any adventurous rider. For 2022, Kawasaki adds a new model to its KLX lineup with the KLX®230S dual-sport. . The KLX230S is purpose-built for serious fun on the trails and tuned for on-road versatility. Turn a variety of terrain into the ultimate playground.

NEW Shorter two-stage front suspension with 6.2 inches of travel

NEW Uni-Trak® rear suspension with 6.6 inches of travel

NEW Overall seat height of 32.7 inches

NEW Available with Kawasaki’s first dual-purpose ABS

 

In addition, the following street motorcycles are returning for 2022:

Ninja H2®

Ninja H2® Carbon

Ninja H2®R

Z H2

Z H2 SE

Ninja® ZX™-10R

Ninja® ZX™-6R

Ninja®1000SX

Concours®14 ABS

Versys®-X 300 ABS

Versys® 1000 SE LT+

W800

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